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The Rib Fender has been developed by NoreqFender to be an
alternative when chain and tyre net fenders are not suitable --
that is, when crane capacity sets limitations on the weight of
The Noreq Rib Fender will be produced as a pneumatic 80
fender. This means that Noreq will construct the fender with
thicker rubber walls in order to hold greater internal pressure,
ensuring higher performance for the fender.
Noreq says that its new fender features lower weight, better
body protection, a higher energy absorption, a higher reaction
force and greater flexibility.
The Rib Fender will be available in all standard sizes up to 4.5
metres diameter by 12 metres in length.
For further information contact:
Noreq Fender, Norway.
Noreq introduces the lightweight "Rib Fender"
The Noreq Rib Fender is offered as a tough, light,
new alternative to tyre and chain
Zodiac SOLAS, Chevanceaux, France, has developed a new
escape slide system that offers the fastest speed of evacuation
for small to medium-sized ships and high-speed craft.
The new Zodiac SOLAS MES MIS (Marine Evacuation System --
Medium Inflatable Slide) is a double-track slide that can enable the
evacuation of 731 passengers in 30 minutes when used with
Zodiac's "Throw Over" 150-person canopy life rafts. When used
with Zodiac's "Open Reversible Inflatable" 151-person open
life-rafts, 397 passengers can escape in 17 minutes, 40 seconds,
according to the company.
Although the new system is only now being formally
introduced to the market, it has already been attracting
considerable interest from shipbuilders. The first Zodiac MES MIS
system has already been sold and successfully commissioned by a
French shipyard and an order has also been received for systems to
be fitted on a French naval vessel currently under construction.
Enquiries have also been received from potential customers in
Australia, Poland, Italy, Croatia, Norway, Germany and the United
States. Zodiac believes that this interest highlights the market's
demand for new and innovative products.
The new evacuation system is deployed at right angles to the
ship's side and is available in four sizes covering freeboard
installations from 4.7 to 9.3 metres. It is designed for deployment
at an angle of 35 degrees and will be suitable for a wide range of
vessels including high speed craft governed by the HSC Code,
small passenger vessels operating in national waters, military
vessels and Ro-Ro ferries on short international voyages. The new
product extends the Zodiac range of small inflatable slides which
were previously available for freeboards up to 3.8 metres. It also
offers an alternative to the Zodiac DBC vertical chute Marine
Evacuation System for medium range freeboard heights up to 9.3
metres and which are used with higher capacity rafts.
The Zodiac SOLAS MES MIS may be supplied for new buildings or
for retro-fitting and can be provided with a choice of Throw Over
150-person (B Pack), Open Reversible Inflatable 100 or 151-person
(HSC Pack). Two new life rafts; the Throw Over 100-person (A or B
Pack) and the Throw Over Self Righting 100-person (B pack) are
currently under development and will provide an even wider range of
options for shipyards when they become available by mid 2010.
The Zodiac life rafts are stored in an FRP container and the
inflatable slide is folded and rolled around it on a tilting
deployment cradle. All life rafts used by the new system are of the
Zodiac Aspirator type, which makes it possible to reduce the overall
weight of the MES. A regular Throw Over Self Righting 150-person
raft weighs 840kg whereas a Zodiac SOLAS Aspirator Throw Over
150-person life raft weighs just 490kg and demonstrates the
system's suitability for use on high speed craft.
Manufactured in France, at the modern Zodiac factory at
Chevanceaux near Bordeaux, the new escape system is EC(MED)
approved by Bureau Veritas. It successfully passed heavy weather
sea trials in October 2008 when it operated well in winds of
Beaufort Force Six to Seven and with wave heights from 4.5 to five
metres and, on occasions, up to eight metres. This performance
significantly exceeded the regulatory requirements which are
limited to wind strengths of Beaufort Force Six with three-metre
For further information contact:
Zodiac SOLAS, France. Web: www.zodiac.fr
The new Zodiac MES MIS escape slide in commissioning trials
Zodiac produces new escape slide for medium-sized passenger vessels
Developments in SAFETY and FIRE-FIGHTING
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